Thursday, October 20, 2005

Telemachus still Triumphant.

Telemachus was a hermit. God wanted him to stop the martyrdoms in the Coliseum. So Telemachus set out for Rome. He went to the games in the amphitheatre. When the first gladiator fight began Telemachus jumped into the arena and seperated to the two slaves. The people were furious, they began to throw parts of the marble benches at him. They killed him that day, but his sacrifice was not in vain. Since that day there have been no martyrdoms in the Coliseum. Several times pagan emporers tried to start up the games again but were unsuccessful.
Now for the main story. The Goths were pressing in on Rome, for a long time they laid siege to it. Famine and diseases spread. Finally for a brief time the Goths left. But they were soon back. They sneaked into the city and began their terrible work. They were setting many buildings on fire and hundreds of Romans were killed that night, but in the midst of this carnage and destruction is one of the most amazing stories of the Christians in Rome. Although hundreds of citizens died that day, God gave the Goths a respect for the servants of Christ and the Goths did not kill any of them. Their leader told them to save all buildings used for the worship of Christ.
There was a convent in Rome and the Goths had come to take the treasure from there. However a brave old nun told them that this was Gods treasure and they should not take it. Not only did they not steal it but they formed a gaurd around it and the old nun to bring it to the basilica where all the Christians were being taken to keep them safe. The Goths walked through the streets, in the midst of destruction, and joined their voices with those of the Christians singing Hymns to God. As they made their way through Rome many of the Christians heard the familiar Hymns and joined the procession. As far as I know, not one Christian was killed that night.

I thought that was an awesome story and I simply had to blog on it. But it is one of the last stories in the book and so there will be other entries in future about things that happened before this.

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